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How to Prepare for Wasps in Arizona This Spring

Spring is here, which means it’s time for wasp activity to increase around Arizona homes and businesses. Wasps are an especially burdensome type of pest because of the danger they pose to pets, children, and those with severe allergies. Wasp stings are an extremely painful experience. If you’re about to spend any time outside, it’s absolutely necessary to make sure you’re wasp-aware prior to heading outdoors.

Responsible Pest Control can help you prepare for the resurgent risk of wasp activity around your home. If you’ve noticed signs of their arrival (like nests), we can even help you remove them.

What kinds of wasps are found in Arizona?

Arizona is home to several varieties of paper wasp, including the yellow paper wasp, the Navajo paper wasp, and the black wasp.

What attracts wasps?

Wasps typically build their nests in quiet, protected areas. They’re particularly fond of tree branches and porch ceilings, but you may even find them under deck floors and soffits. Wasps will build near ample food and water supplies. Most of the time, wasps collect their nest material (cellulose) from unpainted wooden surfaces.

How long do wasps live?

Wasps have been known to survive from 12-22 days, although some queen wasps can live up to a year. Lifecycles will depend on the species of wasp.

Do wasps die after they sting you?

Unlike bees, whose stingers are often ripped from their body as part of the stinging process, wasps do not lose their stingers. This is why they’re able to sting repeatedly. In addition to the painful nature of wasp venom, it acts as a pheromone that attracts other nearby wasps. These wasps get agitated as well, which can lead to even more stinging. This is why it’s important to minimize wasp sting risk by getting rid of their nests as quickly as possible.

How can I prevent wasps?

The best way to prevent wasps from building nests near your home is to pay close attention to signs of activity. Reduce their choice of habitat by keeping bushes neatly trimmed and eliminating any areas of standing water. If you notice signs of a wasp nest being constructed on your house, it’s time to call the professionals.

How do I remove a wasp nest?

Removing a wasp nest on your own is never a good idea. Because of their territorial nature, a wasp that views you as a threat can easily rally its colony mates to attack. If you do need to try and fend them off, always do so from a distance. Wasp spray can shoot quite far, but you should always be ready to run. A much better solution is to contact a professional with the proper equipment and skillset to safely remove the wasps from your home.

Contact Responsible Pest Today for Prompt Wasp Removal

Responsible Pest Control serves the pest prevention needs of the greater Phoenix, AZ, area, including the removal of wasps from your premises. Because of the painful danger posed by wasp stings, it’s best to let someone else tackle the problem. We can help get rid of wasps on your property and point out potential areas where these unwelcome invaders may try to set up shop. Contact us today to schedule your full pest control inspection or wasp removal.